Paul Hogarth, Washer Woman - Original mid-20th-century pen & ink drawing
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An original mid-20th-century pen & ink drawing, Paul Hogarth Washer Woman.
A wonderfully characterful portrait in pen and ink drawing with charcoal, on tracing paper.
The paper bears minor scratches and a small crease at the upper left corner.
10.8cm x 7.2cm.
This work forms part of a collection of illustrations associated with East Anglian Magazine from the 1950s. The drawings are by a variety of hands and the quality is exceptionally high – including works by esteemed draughtsmen Paul Hogarth and Andrew Dodds.
East Anglian Magazine was published monthly in Ipswich between 1935 and 1982, was an eclectic collection of stories, illustrations and old photographs relating to the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
The majority of the drawings were reproduced in in this magazine, and by virtue of this they all share a quirky, English appeal – often slightly humorous or oddball, depicting local personalities and customs, or illustrating amusing anecdotes or intriguing scenes from local history.
Paul Hogarth (1917-2001) was one of the most prolific and successful commercial artists of his day. Born in Kendal, Cumbria, he studied at Manchester College of Art 1934-6 and at St Martin’s School of Art in London. He collaborated with writers including Doris Lessing, Brendan Behan, Graham Greene, Robert Graves and Lawrence Durrell, bringing recognition to his work across the globe. He illustrated the New Penguin Shakespeare series of paperbacks in the 1970s. He was elected an associate member of the Royal Academy in 1974, became a full member in 1984 and was awarded OBE in 1989.
Hogarth travelled widely and was politically engaged, with communist sensibilities – he was committed to the radical Left in the 1950s, taking him to China and the USSR as graphic reporter. But he was also a shrewd reporter of post-war British life. With fantastic economy of line and wit he could capture the truth of personality and place.